Episode 2: What is Cloud Computing?

23 Code Street
Nov 25, 2019 · 3 min read

In Episode 2, we are exploring cloud computing with our experts from Microsoft, Dr Ian McDonald and Simona Cotin.

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Simona and Ian in the cloud…pun very much intended.

The cloud is something we hear about all the time. “Just save it all in the cloud!” adverts proclaim everywhere. To many of us, The Cloud is just one of the many buzzwords tech companies throw around- but what actually is it?

Join us as we demystify cloud computing to show how and why the cloud is more than just a place for storing thousands of puppy pictures.

In this episode, we talk through data, the environment, privacy and much more with our two specialist guests from Microsoft- Dr Ian McDonald, CTO in residence at Microsoft for Startups Europe, and Simona Cotin, Startup Advocacy Lead.

So what is cloud computing?

According to the Azure website, “simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services — including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and intelligence — over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources and economies of scale.” Basically, it’s the ability to use all of these services without having to own them, host them in your own spaces, or worry about having the capability to grow/shrink as a company.

“You’re probably using cloud computing right now, even if you don’t realise it. If you use an online service to send emails, edit documents, watch films or TV, listen to music, play games, or store pictures and other files, it’s likely that cloud computing is making it all possible behind the scenes. The first cloud computing services are barely a decade old, but already a variety of organisations — from tiny start-ups to global corporations, from government agencies to non-profits — are embracing the technology for all sorts of reasons.”

- https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/overview/what-is-cloud-computing/

We hope this episode helps to illuminate the power and possibilities of cloud computing for you as much as it did for our hosts, Anisah and Serena.

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Dr Ian McDonald- https://twitter.com/imcdnzl

Simona Cotin- https://twitter.com/simona_cotin

AWS- Amazon Web Services- https://aws.amazon.com/

Azure- https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/

Azure free credit

Cloud- “The cloud” refers to servers that are accessed over the Internet, and the software and databases that run on those servers.

Digital Ocean- https://www.digitalocean.com/

Fortnite- https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/home

Github- https://github.com/

Google Cloud Platform- https://cloud.google.com


Microsoft for Startups- https://startups.microsoft.com/en-us/

Netlify- https://www.netlify.com/

Open source- “It refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible. The term originated in the context of software development to designate a specific approach to creating computer programs. Today, however, “open source” designates a broader set of values. Open source projects, products, or initiatives embrace and celebrate principles of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community-oriented development.” — Opensource.com

Pluralsight- https://www.pluralsight.com/

Sandbox- A sandbox is a testing environment that isolates untested code changes and outright experimentation from the production environment or repository, in the context of software development including Web development and revision control

Squarespace- https://www.squarespace.com/

Visual Studio Code- https://code.visualstudio.com/

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